Ozone is three oxygen atoms (O3) in the form of a gas with one unstable oxygen atom that can attach to other elements and alter them. This gas is in the Earth’s ozone layer, and it traps heat to keep the Earth warm. Ozone can also be a help in the elimination of mold and mold smells.
An ozone generator makes O3 by breaking apart oxygen molecules by one of two methods: silent corona discharge or ultraviolet radiation. Silent corona discharge ozone generators are considered the most efficient.
Once O3 has been generated, it can attach to other elements and alter the chemistry of substances. In the case of mold, it renders it non-irritating and non-harmful.
Yes, ozone can be harmful to any living thing. Humans, animals, and plants should be removed from an area that is going to be treated with ozone. It can interact with living materials much like it interacts with mold. This can cause humans to suffer coughing, shortness of breath, and increases their chances of developing respiratory illnesses. The area treated should be well-ventilated before people are allowed back in. Plants may suffer stress injuries or simply die in the presence of ozone.
Ozone can damage materials that are not living as well. Carpet, foam cushion, plastic, rubber, and fabrics can be damaged by excessive ozone exposure.
Once your mold has been rendered inactive, you will not suffer from any of its ill effects. However, that will not keep the mold from growing back. If you cannot remove the source of moisture that fed the mold, invest in a dehumidifier. Install proper ventilation, and make sure areas are properly sealed.
If you don’t take care of the reasons your mold problem exists in the first place, you can run the ozone generator multiple times. The downside to this is the inconvenience of evacuation and eventual damage to your belongings. However, that can be a better alternative than the harmful effects of mold, which can also bring on severe respiratory issues and even death in compromised individuals.
Talk to a mold removal specialist if you are thinking about running an ozone generator for your commercial building. They will offer advice on how to best remove your mold issue and handle the situation the caused the mold to grow in the first place.